December 17, 2018
An Open Letter To a Politician
...................of any party, any age, any level of government.
I know you are very busy. Fundraising, meeting with lobbyists, campaigning for the election two years away, skipping votes on issues that don't help you politically...I am sure your schedule is jam-packed.
But, while you are relaxing at a taxpayer-funded conference, or riding in the back of a town car on the way to a speech for well-heeled contributors, I'd humbly ask that you consider the following from a simple citizen:
1) Do what is best for a group larger than the one you pander to while trying to keep your office.
2) Do what is best for the long-term health of our society. By definition, long-term is farther in the future than the next financial quarter or election cycle.
3) Realize that when the earth's environment collapses through misuse and exploitation the resort you love in the South Pacific will be underwater.
4) Contemplate what your children's children will say when they try to remember what you did that had lasting positive effects on their lives.
5) Understand that the future is built on the present. What you do, or don't do today, has costs. Will you be able to feel comfortable with what you did to make that future a better version of the present?
6) Realize it is not too late to stop our selfish road to destruction, if you will take a stand based on what is best for all, even if it means your political life might end. Is that a worse fate than the actual lives of millions of people depending on you to know the difference?
7) A politician who is honest, ethical, forward-thinking, and part of the solution is maybe not as rare as we have been led to believe. If this description fits you, please stand firm against the draw of the swamp. Our community, our country, our world is in your hands. Hold it well.
I may be retired, but I have children and grandchildren who must live in the world you help shape.